On August 21, Microsoft took the wraps off Tafiti, a new experimental search app that mashed up Live Search with a Silverlight front-end. But who developed this sample app?
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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).
Microsoft's newly released "Tafiti" (which is Swahili for "do research" or "to search" -- I've seen both explanations) is a mash-up of Live Search (including its subcategories, like books. blogs, news, images) and Silverlight. It's more of a proof-of-concept than an intended product.
Rather than continuing downplay the fact that Vista SP1 is in testing and won't really matter (to many corporate users, it does and will), why not tout SP1 as the rock-solid release that Vista could and should have been a year ago? That's one way Microsoft could polish up Vista's rapidly tarnishing image.
Microsoft finally has gone public with the planned launch dates for two of its Business Division server products. PerformancePoint Server 2007 gets the official launch treatment in September; Office Communications Server 2007, in October.
Microsoft plans to extend its contextual-advertising program, known as Content Ads, to all U.S. advertisers interested in testing the new service, starting on August 29.
The month of Microsoft codenames on "All About Microsoft" continues. Today's entry: Gatineau. Gatineau is a city in Western Quebec ... and the codename of Microsoft's Web-analytics offering for adCenter.
Comscore is changing the way it calculates search market share. But the changes it is making aren't helping Microsoft any.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Cisco CEO John Chambers are meeting later today a handful of CIOs who have both Cisco and Microsoft products installed. They'll listen to a litany of complaints, no doubt, about how hard it still is to get Cisco and Microsoft deliverables to interoperate. Is there anything new under the sun? No -- not in terms of customers wanting vendors to make their lives easier, nor in terms of vendors promising customers the moon.
Microsoft and Cisco are both partners and competitors. But they aren't going to let a little competition get in the way of doing what's right for customers. Yawn. Heard that before. And we're all about to hear it again on Monday during a CEO dog-and-pony show with Microsoft's Steve Ballmer and Cisco's John Chambers.
Today's Microsoft codename of the day is "Warsaw," which is yet another of Microsoft's unified-communications components. Microsoft is looking to build out its line of unified communications products as both an enterprise and as a developer platform.